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tmgrucza
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Falling Down the Rabbit Hole...

Hello All:

Let me first say how indispensible this forum has been for me over the past few weeks & months as I started my forte into purchasing my first respectable hi-fi system.

That being said, I have shortlisted some components and actually made some purchases.  I'm looking for opinions on my choices so far, as well as recommendations on the pieces that I'm still missing.  For reference, I’m in the USA and have set a budget of ~$3000 for the entire system.

  • Loudspeakers: Monitor Audio RX6 (purchased)
  • Subwoofer: Martin Logan Dynamo 700 (purchased)
  • Integrated Amp: Marantz PM6004
  • CD Player: Marantz CD6004
  • Turntable: Marantz TT42 (though I am starting to seriously consider the Rega RP1)
  • DAC (for use with Apple Airport Express): Peachtree Audio DacIt
  • Cables and Interconnects: looking for recommendations!

What do you think? What am I missing?

Thanks in advance!

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Lookin' good!

Enjoy! I love those loudspeakers.

But, I would think about spending a little more to get a Music Hall MMF-2.2 instead of the Rega RP1. The Peachtree DACiT is nice, but I think you will get more for your $450 with a Schiit Bifrost USB DAC. Only $350 if you only use the optical output of the Airport Express.

Blue Jeans Cables are an exceptional value.

tmgrucza
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Vinyl Cleaning?

Thanks for the reply!

I believe I will put off the turntable for the time being (in order to save up for the Music Hall) and focus on the PM6004 and CD6004 with some quality Blue Jeans cables as my next step. The Bifrost DAC is certainly intriguing as well.  I believe I'll be making the switch from the Peachtree product.

Anybody have recommendations for budget record cleaning kits and/or products?  My significant other inherited some fantastic records from her father (including Bowie's Station to Station (!)) that badly need a deep clean.

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Get this and a good carbon fiber brush...
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I might not be so hasty to

I might not be so hasty to give up on the DACiT. Computer Audiophile gave it a great review and stuck it on their "Suggested Hardware" list, among many other DACs that cost many times more.  

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Peachtree-Audio-DAC-iT-Review-...

Admittedly I haven't heard either, but it looks like you've chosen a winner and if I were you I'd do a little more investigation before you shrug it off. 

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Looks like some good choices there so far.

I second the recommendation on the Music Hall 2.2 turntable.

I prefer Audioquest Diamondback interconnects. 

 

 

 

tmgrucza wrote:

Hello All:

Let me first say how indispensible this forum has been for me over the past few weeks & months as I started my forte into purchasing my first respectable hi-fi system.

That being said, I have shortlisted some components and actually made some purchases.  I'm looking for opinions on my choices so far, as well as recommendations on the pieces that I'm still missing.  For reference, I’m in the USA and have set a budget of ~$3000 for the entire system.

  • Loudspeakers: Monitor Audio RX6 (purchased)
  • Subwoofer: Martin Logan Dynamo 700 (purchased)
  • Integrated Amp: Marantz PM6004
  • CD Player: Marantz CD6004
  • Turntable: Marantz TT42 (though I am starting to seriously consider the Rega RP1)
  • DAC (for use with Apple Airport Express): Peachtree Audio DacIt
  • Cables and Interconnects: looking for recommendations!

What do you think? What am I missing?

Thanks in advance!

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